The Notre Dame Fighting Irish hockey team entered the final weekend of the regular season against the Michigan Wolverines needing a sweep to set themselves up for the Big Ten Tournament. In the first game of the series they got what they needed, beating Michigan in a shootout to earn two crucial points.
Game Summary (Notre Dame 3 - Michigan 3)
The first period was the busiest twenty minutes of the night, with each team scoring twice. Michigan got on the board first four minutes in, but Notre Dame answered just a few minutes later and took the lead with two goals in under a minute. The first one came on the power play with Drew Bavaro taking a shot from the top of the zone that was deflected in by Jesse Lansdell.
Per 1 | @BavaroDrew @Jlansdell14— Notre Dame Hockey (@NDHockey) February 25, 2023
On the second goal Chayse Primeau carried the puck behind the net before it squirted out in front of the net to Landon Slaggert. Slaggert was able to beat goaltender Erik Portillo on the short side for the 2-1 lead. Michigan evened things up just a minute later though for the fourth goal in under 10 minutes.
END 1 | A high scoring first keeps us even at 2-2.— Notre Dame Hockey (@NDHockey) February 25, 2023
20 down, 40 to go here at Yost.
The second period saw chances for both teams and a good number of shots, but neither team was able to find the back of the net and the second period ended 2-2, same as the first period.
Early in the third period Notre Dame went back on the power play and used it to regain the lead. Jesse Lansdell took the puck off the faceoff and passed it out to Drew Bavaro at the point. Bavaro found Jack Adams down low who put the puck around Portillo for the 3-2 lead. Late in the period, after a Notre Dame penalty, Michigan was playing with a 6-on-4 advantage. A slashing penalty was called on Michigan before it was waived off and the Wolverines used the two man advantage to tie the game.
Per 3 | That was filthy, @J_danglefest2 we like it.— Notre Dame Hockey (@NDHockey) February 25, 2023
3-on-3 overtime went by without consequence, with both teams trading chances in a back and forth contest but nobody could find the breakthrough goal. In the shootout Nick Leivermann started this off with a goal and nobody else could score. Bischel made all three saves to seal the shootout win for Notre Dame.
Michigan: TJ Hughes (12) on the power play at 4:18 in the 1st unassisted
Notre Dame: Jesse Lansdell (6) on the power play at 7:01 in the 1st assisted by Drew Bavaro and Fin Williams
Notre Dame: Landon Slaggert (7) at 7:58 in the 1st assisted by Chayse Primeau
Michigan: Gavin Brindley (10) at 8:55 in the 1st assisted by Jackson Hallum and Frank Nazar III
Notre Dame: Jack Adams (6) at 6:08 in the 3rd assisted by Drew Bavaro and Jesse Lansdell
Michigan: Adam Fantilli (20) on the power play at 18:03 in the 3rd assisted by Gavin Brindley and Mackie Samoskevich
Notre Dame: Ben Brinkman 2 for interference at 3:26 in the 3rd
Michigan: Rutger McGroaty 2 for high-sticking at 5:08 in the 1st
Notre Dame: Justin Janicke 2 for hooking at 4:09 in the 2nd
Michigan: Nolan Moyle 2 for interference at 10:21 in the 2nd
Notre Dame: BENCH 2 for too many players at 13:09 in the 2nd
Michigan: Eric Ciccolini 2 for interference at 4:24 in the 3rd
Notre Dame: Nick Leivermann 2 for interference at 17:31 in the 3rd
Notre Dame: Ryan Bischel made 32 saves on 35 shots in the win
Michigan: Erik Portillo saved 26 of 29 shots in the loss
Notre Dame closes out the regular season with one more game against Michigan on Saturday night with Big Ten tournament seeding on the line.